Calf Care School is a one-day school jam-packed with useful information and training that can be implemented on any dairy farm. Participants will learn and/or review concepts and skills associated with profitable calf management from birth to the transition period.

When:       Thursday April 12, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location:       MSU Dairy Teaching and Research Farm, 4075 N College Road, Lansing, MI

Who should participate:       Anyone who cares for dairy calves

How much:       $25 per person (includes lunch, notebook & instructional materials)

Topics include:

  • Newborn Calf Care
  • Colostrum Management
  • Using a refractometer
  • Milk/Milk Replacer Feeding
  • Dry Feed & Water Management
  • Basic Calf Nutrition
  • Calf Housing Management
  • Dehorning
  • Vaccinations
  • Weaning
  • Monitoring Performance
  • Maintaining Records
  • Early Transition Period

Program Speakers:

Faith Cullens and Paola Bacigalupo-Sanguesa

Successful Calf Management

The mere survival of a calf is by no means a good indicator of a successful calf management program. A heifer calf should be raised to her maximum potential so that she can make a maximal contribution to your farm’s profitability as a lactating cow. The profitability of your cows will depend on proper management of them as heifers.

The Michigan State University Extension Calf Care School is an excellent opportunity to develop and refine any caregiver’s skills for raising dairy calves. The program’s emphasis is placed on the practical application of the current science-based knowledge available.

Registration for Dairy Calf Care is open.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on April 11, 2018.

There are 30 openings available.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For information contact Faith Cullens at or 989-224-5249